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How could the Gopikas recognize Krishna?

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7/6/2019 5:56:31 AM
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Shri PVNM Sharma asked:

Gopikaas were totally uneducated villagers. How did they recognize Krishna as the contemporary Human Incarnation, When recognizing the Incarnation is very difficult even for great scholars?

Swami replied:

Ego and the fascination for one"s worldly bonds are the main hurdles in recognizing the contemporary Human Incarnation. Males experience repulsion from a male Human Incarnation due to their gender-ego. But the Gopikaas, Being females, Were free of this ego. Scholars have the ego of knowledge. They experience repulsion from the Human Incarnation since He preaches spiritual knowledge. The Gopikaas were uneducated and illiterate and so were free of the ego of knowledge. People born in the so-called upper castes have the ego of their caste. They falsely believe that a person"s caste is determined by birth. They even reject a Human Incarnation born in the same caste not to speak of an Incarnation who has taken birth in a so-called lower caste. The Gopikaas were born in a low caste and hence, Were free of the upper caste-ego. Krishna, The Human Incarnation during their time, Was also born in their same low caste. So, The repulsion due to the upper-caste ego was eliminated in the case of the Gopikaas. If the Gopikaas had been of a higher caste than Krishna, They would have experienced repulsion from Him owing to their upper-caste ego. But it was not so.

The repulsion between people from the same caste is intra-caste repulsion. Since the Gopikaas were of the same caste as Krishna, There is some possibility of intra-caste repulsion between them. But there is very little intra-caste repulsion between individuals belonging to the so-called low castes. It is much greater in the so-called upper castes. Hence, Even the intra-caste repulsion was negligibly small between Krishna and the Gopikaas. Vasudeva and Devaki were the biological parents of Krishna. But He was raised by Nanda and Yashoda. Both these couples along with the Gopikaas belonged to the Yaadava caste.

The Yaadava caste was originally an upper caste of warriors and rulers (kshtriyas). But owing to a curse they could not become kings. So, They were treated to be a low caste. In any case, One should remember that all these caste problems arise only when we consider caste to be determined by birth, Which is wrong. As declared by God, Caste should only be determined by the individual"s qualities and deeds (Gunakarma vibhagashah. . . "Gita).

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